ALBUM: Black Sabbath – “13”
LABEL: Vertigo Records
GENRE: Heavvy/Doom Metal
RATING: 5.5 / 10
Honestly, I’m not the biggest Sabbath fan that ever existed. Of course, I respect the impact that they’ve had on the metal landscape for the past four decades, but they’re rarely a band I ever care to spin anymore. The first six albums are timeless, obviously, so whenever they emerge from wherever they seem to hide, I’m at least a little intrigued.
Their new album with the cliché title, “13”, is essentially an attempt to recapture the magic of the Ozzy years. The problem, though, is that like so many other ventures that try to do that same exact thing, it just doesn’t happen. They try to make it jell, but it ultimately sounds tired and pretty boring.
The album isn’t devoid of bright spots, however. I enjoyed “God is Dead?” (and its weird question mark) and “Zeitgeist” enough, but I feel like the rest of the album is just plodding filler material. There’s not really any excitement or groundbreaking moments. It’s just more of the same old “Sabbath being Sabbath” shtick.
It warrants mentioning that Bill Ward is absent on this release after his nasty split from the band, but Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine does a surprisingly good job on the skins. As far as the production is concerned, this record sounds fantastic. The album has even got an all-star lineup of metal legends on every instrument. However, even with all that going for it, “13” is one tiresome release you can skip over this summer.
Review by: BH